Butterfly birthday

Butterfly birthday card

Birthday card for my sister-in-law.

I was rather pleased with how this birthday card for my sis-in-law turned out. I chose fun, bright pink colors, offset by the dark brown. The top edge of the front of the card is cut away, so that you see the paper I lined the inside with, and so the butterfly die-cut would stand out. I also rounded all the corners to give the card a more finished look. The birthday greeting went on the inside, with my new stamps! (This card helped convince hubby I needed some. He has a soft spot for his “little” sister, I think!)

Now to see if I can continue making cards as successful as this one!

Butterfly birthday card inside

Here you can see the card from a different angle.


Charting a happy birthday

4th Card

This card went to my brother-in-law for his birthday.

March is a big month for birthdays in my husband’s family, so it’s been a good way to get my card-making projects off the ground. This particular card was “marked” for my brother-in-law’s birthday. When it came time to put it together, I realized I have an abundance of flowery, cutesy papers and not so many of the — shall we say — “manly” papers. My husband actually helped me pick these out of the many. His logic: The map paper because my husband’s family has traveled together extensively, and the diamond-patterned paper for the colors and because the birthday guy seems to have a certain fondness for argyle sweaters. Add a few travel-themed stickers and we have a perfectly personalized birthday card!

Stay tuned for more birthday cards and an Easter-themed card project I am working on.

Birthday card


I made this birthday card for my mother-in-law

Here’s my second attempt at my card-making project; it was for my mother-in-law’s birthday this past week. I made it a little while back, but now that her birthday is past and she’s had a chance to see it in person first, I can finally post about it here! I’ve decided it’s much more fun to make cards for a specific purpose, other than just to make them to post about them here. ‘Tis better to give and all that. If they aren’t for anyone, then what good are they? What do I do with it once I’ve made it? Now thank you cards and the like … I can see making those ahead of time and holding on to them until an occasion arises to use them. Of course, I still have a bunch of those left over from the wedding…

Anyway, for this card, I followed a template from my A Card A Day book, but chose my own papers and ribbons, and added the “Sunrise Seeds” and “Birthday Greetings” all of my own volition! haha. And yes, I sewed that border by hand. It took a surprisingly long time. I’ve noticed a lot of the cards in that book use that as an embellishment, so maybe I’ll get faster at it!

I can already tell that I could use more stamps for various greetings… oh well, slowly but surely.